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How do I highlight text with color in confluence?

I have some documents in my Google Docs that I would like to transfer to Confluence.
My document makes heavy use of highlighting text in color to differentiate certain contextual elements in the document.

How do I highlight text with color in confluence?

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I still don't see any options for highlighting text easily. What are your plans in this regard?

not really an answer. more of an add-on. i really want to highlight text inline from my page, not put it in its own box. i need to identify code to be changed vs. code that is good. maybe i'm just stuck in an old version of confluence?

If you figure this out please share it.

Hello Cobin and welcome to Community!

There is an open feature request: Provide ability to easily highlight text with color in WYSIWYG editor, you can vote for it to show interest and watch it to be updated.

You can use macros as a workaround:

  • Info (blue)
  • Tip (green)
  • Warning (red)
  • Note (yellow)
  • Background Color (custom)
  • Panel (custom)
  • Status (single words)

You'll get this as a result:



Hope this helps,

- Manon

how do you make the status box that big? Mine is only a few character wide, and after that it shows "..."

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Hello @Laura Servidei,

The status box is small and ends with "..." while in Edit mode, publish the page and it should be bigger :)

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but still when i wanted to make my header in red color background i am not able to see red color in the background color list can someone help me on this,

There is no background colour option available. However, work around is use macro - status i.e., custom label.

One workaround available is to insert a simple, 1-cell table (by typing /table) and choosing from one of the available palette colors for the background of the cell:

Step 1 – Insert table.png



Step 2 – Add text and change background color.png


Step 3 – Publish.png

Hi there, 

Using Content Formatting Macros for Confluence it is easy to highlight text using a background macro. 

Screenshot 2022-12-12 at 14.49.06.png

Also, for background, add-on users can upload pictures to improve the Confluence page design.


Screenshot 2022-12-12 at 14.51.47.png

This app is developed by my Adaptavist team, so if someone has any questions - I'm happy to help.

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I used the 'Highlight' Macro:


or the 'Background color' Macro. This one highlights the whole row, though ^^'.


Where did you find a "highlight" macro? Did you purchase an add-on macro? Are you using Confluence Cloud? 

As always: what I expect as a Wiki default must be bought

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Use the span macro to set the style.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.33.55 AM.png

Where do we get that?

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I can't find it either...

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I don't see a "span" macro

Looked promising, but is only available for server, which is no longer sold.

It's disappointing that text formatting options are so limited on Confluence.

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Ridiculously limited

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